Over at Post Partisan I took a shot at ABC's This Week and Jonathan Karl, who perpetuated the myth that Barack Obama's approval ratings took a dive last week (as you'll no doubt recall, it was just a fluky poll).
First of all, credit where it's due: I got this from Josh Huder, who tweeted it, and therefore earns a Catch of the Day.
Second, and tangentially related, I'm going to disagree with Paul Waldman, who was all upset this morning about yet another, and apparently a record-breaking, appearance by John McCain on a Sunday show. Waldman says that the Sunday shows are "tremendously influential," but I see very little evidence that they are. Indeed, I'm not sure they ever were. It's true that there's a long history of people using the Sunday shows to float trial balloons or otherwise engage in sophisticated signalling among elites, but that's not the same thing as saying that they (as Waldman claims) "confer status on the people who appear, they define the limits of official debate, and they help set the agenda for the rest of the media." I suspect that only perhaps the first of those is true now, and I'm not certain that the past was any different.
Regardless: in my view, complaints about partisan balance on these shows are legitimate (although to a large extent a waste of time, given that I just don't see the shows as all that important). However, as I've said many times before, if there's partisan balance then which Republican is chosen is only the concern of other Republicans, and vice versa. If Republicans, for whatever reason, are satisfied to have John McCain representing them all the time, then there's no issue here.
Democrats would certainly have a legitimate complaint if Joe Lieberman was trotted out to speak for them. And, again, the parties have a definite beef to complain about if the other party has more screen time on these neutral shows. But that's it.
At any rate, all of this is good reason to completely ignore the Sunday shows. As most of the American people do.
And: nice catch!